posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 12:22 AM
I myself, being a follower of the buddhas path, have been observing this thread, as well as this entire message board for quite a while. I have
finally decided to come on, and post...
Anyhow, as far as Buddhas being fat, I must respectfully disagree with this point. Many followers of The Buddha during his time (6th century BC), as
well as members of the Sangha were quite skinny. They often depended on generous food offerings from others, outside the Sangha. It is still very
common to see buddhist monks, in countries such as Java, Tibet, Loas, Vietnam, Etc. silently asking for alms/charity.
To name but a few of the "skinny" followers that attained the varying stages of realization (of nirvana) during their lifetimes, I bring up
Pukkusati, Musila, as well as Asanga.
Also I am not entirely sure, but I believe someone translated "Buddha" as "Hand of God". Just incase it was, I'd like to humbly offer a
correction. "Buddha" would be better off defined as "Awakened One", or "Enlightened One".
Also as far as a Buddhist monk kicking someones "rear-end", I'm pretty sure they wouldn't. Allthough I do realize that perhaps the saying was
meant to be funny. I'd just like to express the fact, that it is much more admirable, and noble to exercise patience, and love towards a person, as
opposed to resorting to a physical confrontation.
223 of the Dhammapada:
"Conquer anger by love, evil by good; conquer the miser with liberality, and the liar with truth."
I am sorry If I type to much, much can be said about the topics at hand.
Also, I'd just like to say hello, being that it is my first post.
Peace, love, and Kindness.
(PS. No, I am not french, despite the fact my name is Oui. lol.)